Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is Tulane University's main library and supports the university's undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and science & engineering. It is also a major cultural resource for researchers and scholars from throughout the Louisiana-Gulf Coast region. Its unique collections in areas such as Latin American studies, jazz, and New Orleans history often draw researchers from around the globe. As a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Tulane's libraries are ranked among the top 120 research libraries in North America.
The general collections of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library are housed in the Howard-Tilton building on Tulane's uptown campus and at a new off site storage facility just a few miles away. The Howard-Tilton building also houses the Latin American Library, which is among the world's principal collections for Latin American studies. The library's Special Collections are housed in Jones Hall, which is located directly across from the Howard-Tilton building. Jones Hall was the first location of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library before the present Howard-Tilton building was completed in 1968.
The Howard-Tilton name comes from a merging in 1938 of the Howard Memorial Library, a private collection that in the 19th century was open to public users and located on Camp Street in downtown New Orleans, and Tulane's former Tilton Library (built in 1902), which was the first free standing library building on the university's uptown campus.
In a continuing effort to improve its resources and services, the Library welcomes comments and suggestions from its users.